Training equips volunteers to launch, sustain outreach ministries

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This is what Jesus asks of us all. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME February 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm Wow, this sounds wonderful!! I am a Episcopal Service Corps scholar and they give grants for congregational transformation. I’m wondering if anyone from your group would apply for the funding to help train more trainers around the country and help other dioceses implement this program! Funding may also help provide the curriculum in English and Spanish if it isn’t already done. I would love to bring this type of outreach ministry training into my congregation and am sure that the Diocese of VA would benefit from it! Blessings! Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Rev. Daniel Velez Rivera says: Kokie Dinnan, standing at far right, is among the instructors for Beyond the Walls: Outreach Ministry, Administration and Fundraising, offered in the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Dinnan is executive director of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County. Photo/Family Promise of South Palm Beach County[Episcopal News Service] Luz Espona Perez-Iturbe’s relatives in her native Argentina were surprised to hear that some Americans go hungry. But the need, she tells them, is real, fed by the economic downturn, unemployment and government budget cuts.Perez-Iturbe is seeking to meet that need in a collaborative effort between two Miami-area Episcopal churches: St. Faith’s in Cutler Bay, which operates a food pantry, and her parish of St. Luke the Physician, Kendall, which will support food-collection efforts. She’s taking a leadership role in the initiative, learning how to assess the community’s needs, marshal resources and volunteers and understand it all within a scriptural context thanks to a diocesan training program for laity and clergy involved in congregational outreach.“Beyond the Walls: Outreach Ministry Development, Administration and Fundraising” is a yearlong certificate program that Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida offers in partnership with the Diocesan School for Christian Studies. Open to all in the diocese, and required for diaconal students, the program provides classes led by visiting professionals who teach the basics of beginning, operating, funding and sustaining a congregational outreach ministry.The program’s genesis was in workshops offered through Episcopal Charities of New York when the Rev. Donna Lise Dambrot was associate director.  She brought the concept to Southeast Florida when she became president and executive director of Episcopal Charities there in 2009.“There’s a certain DNA of congregational outreach ministry that’s very different” from a typical social-service agency, she said. “It’s very often volunteer-based, and people feel called to serve perhaps as a result of our Gospel call of Matthew 25. But they don’t have the skills or the tools to really create and manage and operate and sustain the program.”So, for example, a group of enthusiastic volunteers may begin a food pantry or after-school program that the community begins to depend on, she said. But as the core of volunteers decreases over time, and no sustainability measures are put in place, the program gradually dwindles and closes.In Southeast Florida, Episcopal Charities began offering workshops to address issues such as how to use volunteers, how to construct a budget, how to market an outreach program. With a Roanridge Trust grant, the agency made Online Outreach University video workshops available.But they decided “this isn’t enough,” Dambrot said. “There has been no program … that really offers the soup-to-nuts type of toolbox of ‘how do you do outreach ministry’ that’s geared to congregations and the real specific and particular needs of congregational life.”So Episcopal Charities created a curriculum and partnered with the diocesan school. Classes are offered at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Fort Lauderdale. Students also can take an individual class – say, just to learn about developing a program budget. The diocesan program currently has eight students – the highest of any class in the school — with the number attending almost doubling for some individual sessions, Dambrot said. Her mantra is: “Just keep flexible and keep responsive to the needs we hear from our community.”The course begins with sessions exploring what called the students to outreach ministry and the discernment process for choosing an outreach program. Subsequent classes tackle topics from how to create a program budget and developing and sustaining a committed core of volunteers to marketing, funding sources, grant writing, preparing for leadership succession and assessing the ongoing need for a program’s services.Dambrot teaches some classes, but outside presenters from various agencies, including the Episcopal Church Office of Communication, teach most of them.  “We have assembled a panel of teachers that are professionally doing the work that they’re teaching,” she said.Kokie Dinnan, executive director of Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, has led classes on how to recruit, train, use and retain volunteers. An interfaith ministry, Family Promise houses homeless families in congregations on a rotating basis and helps clients access needed social services. Previously, she did children’s and family ministry in Episcopal congregations and saw firsthand the need for supporting and educating those involved in outreach, she said. “Any opportunity that can be given to support those that are doing work in our community is vital and valid and important.”At Family Promise, “I train volunteers all the time, but this was like training the trainer,” she said. Her most recent Beyond the Walls class had students of varied backgrounds, including some diaconal students. “They were hungry for how to be able to take what they’re learning and take it back and implement it in their lives.”Her instructions on engaging volunteers begin with the importance of the “personal ask.”“People don’t necessarily respond to an advertisement,” she said. It’s also important to recognize people’s skills and what they do and don’t enjoy doing. “Help them to be able to use the gifts that they want to use. Put them where they’re going to feel comfortable.”Once people are involved, she said, “I don’t think you can ever tell a volunteer too many times how much you appreciate them and thank them for what they’re doing.”It’s also important to empower volunteers and make sure they feel like you’re working together to accomplish something, she said. When someone works with her, “I don’t want people to feel like I am the boss and you have to do this because Kokie said so. I want people to be empowered and to come and say, ‘Look, this needs to be done. How can we accomplish this?’”“Everyone needs to have a stake in what you’re doing,” she said. “If you can provide that, your volunteers are going to stay. … To me, it’s all about relationship building.”Perez-Iturbe, who previously volunteered at Zoo Miami and in youth ministries, said taking the diocesan course has taught her to take volunteering seriously, as well as how to organize herself and tools for assessing a community’s needs and how to meet them.“Going to do ministry … sometimes you don’t really know what to do and how to do it,” she said. “I’ve been volunteering for many years. I kind of know how to do things as of now, but this is like the ABCs, and Scripture-based. Everything that I do now, I truly understand the Baptismal Covenant behind it.”“There’s not a lot of money; there’s a lot of need,” she added. “This course helps you develop, see what the need is, allocate resources accordingly and wisely.”She also appreciates that the instructors provide contact information for following up if you need assistance with a particular issue, she said. “You can call them back and say, ‘Hey, can you help me with this?’ and they’re so welcoming.”St. Luke’s first food collection for the pantry at St. Faith’s will happen Feb. 23. This sort of collaborative ministry Perez-Iturbe is fostering is precisely the sort of ministry Episcopal Charities likes to support.“Our goal is to create a collaborative diocesan outreach that transcends the walls of a particular congregation because we think that’s the best way or the most loving way we can serve people, realizing that each community has its own specific needs and challenges,” Dambrot said.“Sometimes our congregations tend to be a little insular. They want to work together, but sometimes there’s maybe not even a thought of, ‘Hey, let’s collaborate with the church down the street or the nearest Episcopal church … and maybe we can do something big and in the process create community and in the process maybe enlarge our hearts in the gospel.”“I see Episcopal Charities as really a part of that process of gathering people, taking them outside their doors and bringing them together, creating a community of those who feel called to serve.”To serve potential students located a long drive from campus, they plan to offer online classes in the fall using Webex, an online video conferencing service, and an audio-visual screen system the diocese has in different locations, Dambrot said.She hopes they can offer the Beyond the Walls training to the wider church as well, she said. “We definitely plan on taking the materials and having the material available because they’re great materials. … We want to make this available beyond the walls of the diocese.”— Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. 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James O’Connor states where he’s most suited to after officially signing with Rugby Australia and the Reds

first_imgTuesday Jul 16, 2019 James O’Connor states where he’s most suited to after officially signing with Rugby Australia and the Reds James O’Connor is officially back in Australian rugby, after Rugby Australia today confirmed that the former Wallabies star has signed with Queensland for the 2020 season of Super Rugby on a two-and-a-half-year deal.ADVERTISEMENTO’Connor returned to Australia after having been with Sale Sharks in the UK, having last played for his country in 2013.He now returns to his home city of Brisbane, where he started his career with the Reds as a 17-year-old. He later became the second youngest player to debut in the Wallabies jersey when he made his debut in 2008 against Italy in Padua.“Firstly, I just want to say how grateful I am to be given this opportunity again,” O’Connor said.“There’s been a lot of work put in behind the scenes and a lot of guys have shown faith in me so all I’m focusing on right now is putting my best foot forward. I have a bigger ‘why’ now and that is what fuels me. In saying that, I’m excited to be back here. Even at 29, I’m still learning and we’re really pushing each other. It’s been an intense hit the last few weeks, but I think I’m in a lot better place physically.”With 44 Test caps and having played wing, fullback and number ten, O’Connor now seems to have found his ideal position at 12.ADVERTISEMENTRugby Australia Director of Rugby Scott Johnson said: “Now is the time for James’ Rugby to do the talking. He’s come home for the right reasons to play Rugby and to help develop our Rugby programs. He’s matured and understands the leadership roles both on-and-off the field. He’s been honest and transparent throughout this whole process.”O’Connor played 14 games with English Premiership side London Irish and then signed with French rugby powerhouse Toulon the following year. He returned to Australia with the Reds in 2015, before leaving for Europe at season’s end with a grand total of 551 Super Rugby points across 71 career games. O’Connor played another season of Top 14 French Rugby with Toulon and then moved to the north of England with Sale Sharks.During the past two seasons at Sale, O’Connor scored three tries in 31 matches for the club – including 25 games of English Premiership Rugby.The deal allows O’Connor to be selected for the Wallabies opening Rugby Championship game against the Springboks on Saturday at Ellis Park. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

CB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectos

first_img Apartments ArchDaily Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” CB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectos Mexico Photographs:  Dante Busquets, Oscar NecoecheaSave this picture!© Oscar NecoecheaRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. This building has 3 apartments looking unto the street as well as a 2 stories house in the back that lives to an interior patio. Due to the different needs of each client, the apartments have different floor plans. However the public areas concentrate in the front allowing it to become one single space, creating continuity with the exterior.Save this picture!© Dante BusquetsThere is a spectacular tree in front of the building, which became an object of design for the interior, as well as for the façade.Save this picture!© Oscar NecoecheaBy working with structural geometry, we managed to support the 15mt span with no columns that would obstruct the view to the exterior; we then sharpened the floor slabs and walls to the minimum, disappearing their edges in the façade.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessKita Göttingen / Despang ArchitektenArticlesHarvard University’s “Putting Public Space in its Place”EventProject locationAddress:Mexico City, MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CB30 / Dellekamp ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectoscenter_img “COPY” Architects: Dellekamp Arquitectos, FRENTE arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDellekamp ArquitectosOfficeFollowFRENTE ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMexico CityMexicoPublished on March 07, 2013Cite: “CB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectos” [CB30 / Dellekamp Arquitectos] 07 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  1 m² Photographs Save this picture!© Dante Busquets+ 15 Share CopyApartments•Mexico City, Mexicolast_img read more

Gala Bingo raises over £223,000 for Comic Relief

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 23 May 2007 | News Tagged with: corporate Events Gala Bingo raises over £223,000 for Comic Relief  23 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Gala Bingo’s members and staff across the UK raised £223,134.13 for Comic Relief this year by hosting a wide range of humorous events.The managers of the three West Yorkshire clubs dressed up as chickens for a sponsored cycle, Cumbernauld’s manager was auctioned off as a cleaner and Leicester’s manager was “gunged” on stage in his club. Funds were also raised through Comic Relief games online at and on Gala TV available on Sky channel 841. Celebrity Sharon Osbourne hosted the first dedicated Comic Relief bingo game online. Advertisementlast_img read more

CAFAmerica helps donors support Japanese earthquake relief

first_img Howard Lake | 11 March 2011 | News  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis CAFAmerica, part of Charities Aid Foundation’s international network of offices, is advising Americans on how to donate to organisations providing humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan earlier today.CAFAmerica is compiling a list of Japanese and international charitable organisations preparing a response.CAFAmerica currently works with a number of international emergency response and relief organizations that are providing services and support for the communities impacted by this disaster. These include the International Federation of Red Cross, Oxfam UK, Doctors Without Borders and Christian Aid. This list will be expanding as more organisations turn their focus to providing CAFAmerica helps donors support Japanese earthquake relief Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation disaster Giving/Philanthropy About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It By RICK COLE Published on Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 4:25 pm Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 51 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Mayor Victor Gordo has recognized the gravity and urgency of Pasadena’s housing and homelessness crisis by announcing the formation of an Affordable Housing Task Force. He has indicated the group will work to hammer out a comprehensive approach that can be incorporated into a revised housing element of our general plan. State law requires the updated housing element to be submitted for state review by October of this year.This is an important and encouraging step forward. So too is the recent appointment of Jess Rivas to fill the District 5 City Council seat that Gordo vacated on his election as mayor. Rivas told the council during her interview that, beyond the current pandemic, “the big challenge that we face is affordable housing and homelessness.” She spoke forcefully about adding to the city’s stock of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing in the years ahead.Pasadena has appointed housing panels before, going back to 1989 when a task force recommended the creation of the City’s Housing Department. Whether the mayor’s task force is effective boils down to three things: who gets appointed; how the group works; and whether there is long-term accountability for implementing its recommendations.Often when citizens are appointed to city commissions or committees, “the usual suspects” get the nod. That’s natural – elected officials look to established “leaders” that they know. There is clearly value in that – influential people are important to the credibility and acceptance of the results. Yet in a city as diverse as Pasadena, it’s vital to also look beyond familiar faces, especially on issues like affordable housing and homelessness.For example, homeowners dominate the council and city commissions. Hardly surprising. Those who own their own home have an investment in their community and typically are more stable residents. Yet 57% of Pasadena are renters – and they too have a direct stake in the outcome of city decisions, especially regarding housing. They also tend to be younger and more reflective of the changing demographics of Pasadena where more than 65% of the population is non-white.But there are other overlooked factors in who gets appointed that can have decisive impact on the effort. One is simply personality. Some very smart, very knowledgeable people simply don’t work well on committees. Having served on (as well as worked for) city councils and commissions, I’ve seen over and over again the vital importance of listening and collaborating. None of us have all the answers. Those who insist on pushing their personal point of view can paralyze a group’s work.It’s also important to have a mix of members, some with deep expertise and some who come with an open mind and fresh approach. Issues as complex as affordable housing and homelessness need both. It makes no sense to start from scratch, but if we just do what we’ve always done, we won’t seize new opportunities.Once the group is appointed and sits down to work, there are other crucial factors for success, starting with staff support. Data, reports, minutes and meeting logistics are key to framing the work of volunteers – and for this group, it will be important to have multi-faceted assistance. An issue of this magnitude and significance will need involvement by both the Housing and Community Development Departments, as well as both the City Manager and City Attorney’s Offices.Even the hardest working and most prepared group of task force members also need to listen to the broader public. The task force’s work should be coordinated with the community outreach the city plans on the housing element update. Ideally, the task force will ensure that all voices are heard, especially those likely to be left out – the rent-burdened, the unhoused, those who don’t speak English and even those who’ve been displaced in recent years, including a significant portion of Pasadena’s historic African-American community.Finally, we all know that in government it is not unusual for excellent, substantive reports to get submitted – and shelved. No matter how much time the task force puts in, no matter how sensitive they are to fiscal and political realities, no matter how hard they strive to reach consensus on bold, but achievable goals – it will be up to the council, staff and larger community to decide whether the recommendations are implemented – or ignored.These concerns should not daunt us. If the mayor selects a diverse and productive membership, if the task force listens to each other and the diverse voices in our community and if the recommendations are embraced and adopted into binding law in the housing element, Pasadena will have done what it does best: find common ground. The general plan itself embodies a commitment that “citizen participation will be a permanent part of achieving a greater city. Citizens will be provided with timely and understandable information on planning issues and projects; citizens will directly participate in shaping plans and policies for Pasadena’s future.”With the housing element needing to be finished in just seven months, the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force will have its work cut out for it!Rick Cole is a former mayor of Pasadena.last_img read more


first_imgPeopleOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Nigel Benjamin on housing charity ECHGFamily man Nigel Benjamin has been appointed as director of HR andorganisational development for English Churches Housing Group, an associationthat provides general needs housing and supported and sheltered accommodationfor more than 26,000 people across England. Benjamin will head the HR team. “My role as a member of the executiveteam is to lead on everything related to HR, health and safety, and theenvironment and also look at organisational development,” he says. ECHG staff work with a range of clients from the homeless to ex-offenders,and Benjamin is keen to ensure they are all suitably trained. He will alsocarry out a review of reward and remuneration. Finding creative solutions to issues and supporting managers in developingstrategy are among the aspects Benjamin likes about HR, but he says it isessential to see the wider view. Married to Heather, Benjamin enjoys spending time with his two young sons,Chris, aged 10, and eight-year-old Mark. CVJune 2001 English Churches Housing Group, director of HR and ODJune 2000 Multiple Sclerosis Society, head of personnelMay 1997 Amersham and Wycombe College, head of personnelMay 1996 HR consultant1978 British Gas, variety of HR rolesOn the move Iain Smith, formerly of Hay Management Consultants, has set up consultancyDiaz Research. He headed Hay’s IT and telecoms practice areas as well asleading its IT HR research. Diaz offers best practice research briefings andhandbooks as well as consulting. Debbie Gazzard has joined recruitment solutions provider The Blomfield Groupas associate director of HR. She will be responsible for internal HR strategiesincluding the recruitment of consultants and compensation and benefits. Shepreviously ran the on-site recruitment outsourcing contract at Goldman Sachsfor resource solutions. Prior to that, she worked for Martin Ward Anderson andThe Hays Group. Imelda Walsh has become HR director at Sainsbury’s Supermarkets. She joinsfrom Barclays Bank, where she was HR director for retail financial services.She has also had spells at Coca-Cola Schweppes and Grand Metropolitan. She willbe responsible for all aspects of HR. Walsh will be supported by Jackie Watson,who joins as talent director. Watson, who has held similar positions atVodafone, American Express and British Airways, will be responsible forresourcing, career planning and developing senior managers and colleagues.last_img read more

Predatory behaviour and metabolic costs in the Antarctic muricid gastropod Trophon longstaffi

first_imgAquarium-based observations of the feedingbehaviour of the Antarctic muricid gastropod Trophonlongstaffi over a 3-year period revealed that individualswere capable of feeding on both bivalve (Laternulaelliptica and Yoldia eightsi) and brachiopod (Liothyrellauva) prey. Feeding activity was remarkablyinfrequent, with most individuals taking between 0.67and 2.66 items per year, but two individuals atenothing for 30 months and another ate nothing overthe entire 36-month period. The time taken to attackand consme prey was extremely slow, with 20 days tocomplete an attack on the brachiopod Liothyrella uvaand 29 days for the bivalve Laternula elliptica.Y. eightsi were mostly attacked by a wedging method.Most attacks were by drilling and the positioning oflarge, highly distinctive drillholes was broadly stereotypic.Metabolic rates for T. longstaffi ranged from46.2 lg O2 h-1 for a 1.7-g tissue dry mass individual to18.1 lg O2 h-1 for a 0.98-g tissue dry mass specimen.These rates are amongst the lowest so far reported fora gastropod mollusc but are within the range previouslyrecorded for polar invertebrates. We suggest thatT. longstaffi is well adapted for the low temperature,but highly seasonal, Antarctic conditions, with a lowenergy strategy and the ability to withstand highlyextended periods of limited food availabilitylast_img read more

Fracking firm Cuadrilla claims ‘highest quality’ shale gas yet at controversial UK drill site

first_imgCuadrilla claims UK is sitting on a ‘huge’ high-quality shale gas resourceCuadrilla CEO Francis Egan said: “We have previously taken and analysed gas samples from our Preese Hall site as well as the first horizontal well at Preston New Road, both of which showed high-quality natural gas rich in methane.“The gas samples taken from the PNR2 well are, however, even better than earlier well samples.“They demonstrate a natural gas resource in the Upper Bowland shale that is virtually free from impurities and has a high calorific value (heating value) containing approximately 89% methane, 6% ethane and 2% propane.“Once separated out at surface from any accompanying water this gas could, we believe, flow directly into the UK’s extensive onshore gas transportation network without requiring additional treatment or processing.”Ongoing testing will continue, according to the chief executive, who claimed the results collected so far indicate the UK is “sitting on a huge natural gas resource of the highest quality”. Cuadrilla has operated a controversial fracking site in the UK at Preston New Road since 2017 (Credit: Cuadrilla) Fracking company Cuadrilla says it has identified shale gas of the “highest quality” at its controversial operation in Lancashire, UK.The firm has been conducting analysis of natural gas collected at its Preston New Road exploration and drilling site — specifically its second horizontal well (PNR2), 7,500 feet beneath the surface.The Upper Bowland shale deposit is estimated to contain around 1,300 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the British Geological Survey.Cuadrilla says test flow analysis of the gas locked away inside has been “very encouraging”, and that it is potentially suitable for immediate integration into UK gas networks.In August, all fracking operations at the Preston site were suspended after a series of earthquakes – the largest measuring 2.9 on the Richter Scale – were caused by the activity.The firm has since apologised for the incident, and has restricted its operations to flow testing at the site, which has been underway since mid-October. Preston New Road project has been the target of anti-fracking protestsThe Cuadrilla project in the northern English county of Lancashire has become the poster-child for anti-fracking sentiment in the UK, with many local residents and environmental groups opposed to its shale gas exploration activities.Last week, a report from the UK government’s own spending watchdog revealed an estimated £13.4m ($17.4m) has been spent on policing fracking sites around the country amid public protests – the most prominent of which have been at Caudrilla’s Preston New Road.But the company’s chief executive remained bullish on the potential for natural gas in the UK, saying it would play a significant role in helping the country meet its net-zero targets for 2050.He added: “Given the continued requirement for significant volumes of natural gas in the UK out to 2050 and beyond, highlighted by the recent Committee of Climate Change Net Zero report, the case for using high-quality locally-sourced natural gas supply over expensive, increasingly distant, potentially insecure and higher CO2-emitting imports remains stronger than ever.”In August, the company announced it would apply to Lancashire County Council for permission to extend its fracking operations at Preston New Road beyond its current November 2019 deadline until 2021 – although currently activity remains suspended while the UK’s Oil & Gas Authority investigates the earth tremors.center_img Cuadrilla says test results of shale gas deposits at its second well at Preston New Road are encouraging, although fracking remains suspended after August earthquakeslast_img read more

Protestors to sleep out on Cornmarket

first_imgOn Wednesday March 5th, more than 100 people will sleep out on Cornmarket to raise awareness of the government’s treatment of refused asylum seekers. Supporters of the ‘Still Human Still Here’ campaign, including Student Action of Refugees (STAR), Refugee Resource and Asylum Welcome, will sleep out in an act of solidarity with thousands of asylum seekers who are unable to return home safely to countries such as Zimbabwe, Iraq, Somalia and the Sudan, having been denied asylum.The event has won widespread support with Oxford City Councillor David Williams and Evan Harris MP having pledged to attend. Oxford students, the Church of St Mary Magdalen and local refugee charities and community organizations have offered their support. The Lord Mayor of Oxford has also backed the event.Councillor David Williams declared, “I shall be sleeping out to show support for the campaign for justice and better treatment for failed Asylum seekers because the present situation is a violation of their human rights. Many are forced to return to countries where they will be mistreated and may even be tortured. Others are denied food shelter and help by the UK government yet are not allowed to work to support themselves. I also believe that the present system has a racial bias as it would seem you are far more likely to be deported if you have a dark skin.”The Reverend Dr Peter Groves of the Church of St Mary Magdalen, another supporter of the sleep out, said, “We as a church are delighted to be supporting the sleep-out in Oxford. It is fantastic to see community groups and students coming together to raise people’s awareness of the way in which refused asylum seekers are forced to live destitute on the streets and campaigning for a change.”Jenny Allsop, a Wadham student and head of Oxford STAR group, expressed her delight at the level of support. “The campaign aims to raise awareness of the plight of tens of thousands of refused asylum seekers who are being forced into destitution in an attempt to force them out of the country. Many refused asylum seekers cannot go home because their countries are unsafe or unstable and they fear for their lives, because of uncooperative governments who refuse to recognize their documents, because of health and safety issues… Yet the current number of people living in this state of limbo is estimated at around 280,000,” she said. “I am hopeful that the sleep out will help dispel a lot of myths about asylum seekers and make people realise and act upon the fact that human rights abuses are happening right here, on our streets, as a result of government policy which is executed in our name.” Two reports from Amnesty International and Refugee Action in November 2006 accused the Government of employing destitution as a deliberate tactic in an effort to drive refused asylum-seekers out of the country. According to a ‘Still Human Still Here’ press release, asylum seekers are “unable to return home, refused support and prevented from taking work to provide for themselves, they are forced to sleep rough and survive on the charity of others.” The campaign also calls on the Government to grant permission to work until such a time as refused asylum seekers are able to leave the UK or have been granted leave to remain. Access to health care and education should also be provided.Matt Holman, Director of local charity Asylum Welcome, said:“We need a more enlightened policy that would see refused asylum-seekers who cannot be returned home provided with support and allowed to contribute to British society. We are sleeping out here in Oxford to show our support for the Still Human Still Here campaign in order to change Government policy and we are encouraging as many people as possible to join us.”by Rob PomfretCheck Cherwell24 next week for exclusive video coverage of the eventlast_img read more